The Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics offers students the opportunity to learn and integrate multiple engineering disciplines.
Completion of the undergraduate program in Aeronautics and Astronautics leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering. The subplan "Aeronautics and Astronautics" appears on the transcript and on the diploma.
The program emphasizes structural, aerodynamic, guidance and control, and propulsion problems of aircraft and spacecraft. Undergraduates and doctoral students in other departments may also elect a minor in Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Requirements for all degrees include courses on basic topics in Aeronautics and Astronautics, mathematics and related fields in engineering and the sciences.
The current research and teaching activities cover a number of advanced fields, with emphasis on:
- Aeroelasticity and flow simulation
- Aircraft design, performance and control
- Applied aerodynamics
- Computational aero-acoustics
- Computational fluid dynamics
- Computational mechanics and dynamical systems
- Control of robots, including space and deep-underwater robots
- Conventional and composite materials and structures
- Direct and large-eddy simulation of turbulence
- High-lift aerodynamics
- Hybrid propulsion
- Hypersonic and supersonic flow
- Micro and nano systems and materials
- Multidisciplinary design optimization
- Navigation systems (especially GPS)
- Optimal control, estimation, system identification
- Sensors for harsh environments
- Space debris characterization
- Space environment effects on spacecraft
- Space plasmas
- Spacecraft design and satellite engineering
- Turbulent flow and combustion
Mission of the undergraduate program in Aeronautics and Astronautics
The mission of the undergraduate program in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering is to provide students with the fundamental principles and techniques necessary for success and leadership in the conception, design, implementation and operation of aerospace and related engineering systems. Courses in the major introduce students to engineering principles. Students learn to apply this fundamental knowledge to conduct laboratory experiments and aerospace system design problems. Courses in the major include engineering fundamentals, mathematics and the sciences, as well as in-depth courses in aeronautics and astronautics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, fluids engineering and heat transfer. The major prepares students for careers in aircraft and spacecraft engineering, space exploration, air and space-based telecommunication industries, teaching, research, military service and many related technology-intensive fields.